I have more names than you can shake a marigold at including Aztec, Mexican, chinchilla, mint, false and wild all ending in marigold. I have names that are proper nouns including Stinking Roger and John Henry, but none of those answers will make you a winner today. A member of the Asteraceae family I am the most exotic of herbs native to South America as early as the Inca civilization. My cultivation has spread to the United States in a limited way and was spread to Europe, Asia, Africa and India since the time of the Spanish Conquest. I can grow from 0.6 to 1.2 meters tall. I have small smelly flowers that are yellow and green. I spread like a weed and my (stinkweed) smell keeps bugs and pests away. For that reason, many prefer to grow me in a pot so I don’t get out of control. My medical advantages are too huge to review completely but the highlights are my thiophenes that have an antiviral effect, my tea leaves are an effective treatment for asthma. I contain Anthelminthic, carminative, emmenagogue, fungicidal, diaphoretic, antispasmodic, bactericidal and stomachic properties so put that in your pipe and smoke it, which indeed some people do. My oil is strong and smelly, like a massive marigold aroma. Apparently Roger discovered that. Maybe I have poisoned some, but it has yet to be proven. A special council has been appointed to study this. From a culinary point of view I am used in sauces and can be made into a paste that is an essential ingredient in a Peruvian potato dish called Ocopa. My dried green leaves are also an upscale alternative for cilantro, but that might be bragging. I am also used as a seasoning creating a unique flavor that combines the flavors of sweet basil, tarragon, mint and lime. I have recently enjoyed publicity as a very popular herbal beverage. For all my stinky weediness I am still used to make perfume in many countries. Go figure.

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Richard Leibowitz
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